Friday, February 26, 2010

Cataloging: Where are we now? Where are we going?

The College of DuPage Press has made available streaming video of a recent 90-minute webcast entitled, "Cataloging: Where are we now? Where are we going?" Originally broadcast on February 19, 2010, the webcast was presented by Renee Register, Senior Product Manager at OCLC, and Karen Coyle, consultant and leader in the area of digital libraries. The presenters review current cataloging practices and discuss the future of metadata, the MARC record, the Resource Description and Access standard, and the librarian's place in online information organization and access. Both high bandwidth and low bandwidth streaming video links are available at:

From Autocat, Feb. 24, 2010


Andrea Rabbia said...
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Andrea Rabbia said...

I saw this teleconference last week and found it very interesting. The most shocking thing, to me, was how UN-machine-readable the MARC record truly is.

Once I progressed past the irony (our MAchine-Readable Cataloging is not actually machine-readable), I realized that the whole structure of the MARC record needs to be scrapped. Moreover, there is a critical need to create a truly machine-readable record to store all that metadata, so machines can seamlessly index and integrate it into the web-o-sphere.